'a lot of computer systems research is solving problems that only huge tech companies have (eg. fast datacenter networking, big data analytics systems), rather than working on technologies that empower individual users and the underprivileged. Frankly, the big tech companies don't need help from academics. … It would be much better if academics prioritised research that benefits those who *don't* have the resources to do this work themselves.' mobile.twitter.com/martinkl/st

classy yet

@22 ok.. figure out a way to put the money in the hands of people who you deem need solutions most. Unless of course you want to solve *that* problem too.

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@Shitlord Dr Narayanan, in the thread that Martin was quoting, talks about other ways this happens even without money changing hands—so even if the "more needy" had money to fund research (at which point they wouldn't be needy), this dynamic might not change: mobile.twitter.com/random_walk Martin is super-classy for being conscious of this and choosing to go against the grain, and for scolding other researchers who have this choice (i.e., nobody's funding them) but fail to make it.

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